Norwegian skip thought 'the show was over'

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:33 PM ET

REGINA — Thomas Ulsrud was toast.

Finished.

Kaput.

The Norwegian skip, who is supposed to give Jeff Stoughton a run for his money at the world championship, even admitted the “show was over” when Korea’s Dong Keun Lee had a 7-5 lead — and the hammer — after eight ends of their opening-draw game.

“I looked at the scoreboard and was like, guys, so what do we have to do? Steal, steal and steal again,” Ulsrud said. “It’s not going to happen in men’s curling.”

Well, it did happen, and Ulsrud escaped with an 8-7 victory in an extra end. He stole singles in the ninth, 10th and 11th to pull off the Houdini routine.

“I cannot actually remember coming back from a situation like this,” Ulsrud said. “I was sure it was going to be over.”

Lee, who went 1-8 at the 2003 worlds in Winnipeg, led 7-3 through seven ends, but Ulsrud scored two in the eighth and then went on his remarkable robbery spree. Lee could have won in the 10th but was about an inch heavy on a draw with his last rock. He then failed to execute a raise takeout with his last in the 11th.

“They maybe felt the pressure, I don’t know,” said Ulsrud, whose third, Torger Nergaard, has been battling the flu for a few days.

IT’S A DRAW: A rare moment occurred in the first end of the Canada-Switzerland game when a measurement was declared a tie.

Jeff Stoughton drew for what he hoped would be two, but the official couldn’t determine who was second shot.

“You don’t see it very often,” said Stoughton, who won a measurement in the sixth and another in the ninth.

HELLO UP THERE! The coaches and team leaders are not at ice level in Regina. Far from it, in fact.

They are actually seated on the concourse level, which at Brandt Centre is 12 rows from the ice.

“We haven’t figured that one out,” Stoughton said. “They also say you’re not supposed to have any interaction with them at all unless it’s the fifth end.

“Imagine Kobe Bryant coming off the court and Phil (Jackson) can’t talk to him. You know, hockey players coming off but the coach can’t talk. There’s some quirky little things, but no big deal.

“I just miss it because I’m kind of bored and lonely down there, so I’m talking to the camera man.”

NEXT UP: Canada has only one game on Sunday, in the afternoon draw against Germany’s Andy Kapp.

Coincidentally, Kapp is one of only three men to have beaten Stoughton at the world championship. He did it in 1999, but, as Stoughton was quick to point out earlier this week, it was a meaningless game at the end of the round-robin after Canada had wrapped up first place.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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